In Canada, an estimated 3.2% of Canadians are impacted by problem gambling – and the incidence of problem gambling rises dramatically for those who gamble online versus those who gamble offline.
Online Gambling Addiction is a real problem many Canadians face on a daily basis, one with potentially-severe consequences, not just for one’s finances, but also one’s relationships, mental health, and beyond.
What is Online Gambling Addiction?
Are you or someone you know addicted to gambling online? Are you infatuated and obsessed with playing poker, playing the lottery, betting on sports, playing online bingo, or playing other games with money on the line (or even for free)?
Has this obsession caused significant problems in your life, including damage to your finances, your relationship, and your personal health?
If so, you may suffer from Online Gambling Addiction – and may require professional psychotherapy services and counselling in Toronto to learn how to combat it.
Consequences of Online Gambling Addiction
Online Gambling Addiction can have serious consequences for those who suffer from it. These consequences can range from financial troubles – including problems as severe as foreclosure and bankruptcy – to social problems caused by frayed relationships.
Many sufferers of Online Gambling Addiction report that their relationships with their spouses, children, friends, and other family members deteriorate because they spend an excess of time online participating in gambling activities. Difficulty with finances also causes strain for the family as a whole, which can lead to separation and even divorce.
Online gambling can cause or worsen anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, aches and pains, ulcers, and stress. It can also serve as a way to mask serious, underlying problems with one’s environment or mental health that should instead be addressed with counselling in Toronto.
No matter the consequence, Online Gambling Addiction is a serious problem that requires serious intervention.
Symptoms and Treatments
How do you know if you are addicted to online gambling?
You may be addicted if you suffer from some or all of the following symptoms:
- Have difficulty with controlling your gambling
- Spend an excess of time online
- Gamble even though you can’t afford it
- Gamble excessively even if you can afford it
- Have friends or family who are worried about your habits or behavior
- Have lied or been secretive about your gambling
- Have experienced physical symptoms
For those who suffer, there is hope. Psychotherapy services and counselling in Toronto are available to help create positive change and put you in a position of recovery, not dependence.
Cristina can introduce you to a variety of psychotherapy services that could help you and your situation. One of these options is cognitive behavioural therapy , or CBT, that works to alter unhealthy behaviours by altering unhealthy thought patterns.
Learn more about the possibilities. Talk to Cristina today and set up an appointment for counselling in Toronto that can give you the control you need.
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